Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 10:09 a.m.
The introduction of a bill that aimed to provide more elbow room for slot halls like Dotty’s was tabled indefinitely this morning by the Clark County Commission .
Bill introductions typically only require the proposal to be read into the record. Debate then takes place at the commissioners’ next meeting. However, the Dotty’s issue is especially contentious. Some commissioners and county staff were not happy that yet another potential change in the county ordinance was being introduced during the legal action.
Dotty’s is suing both Clark County and the Nevada Gaming Commission. Dotty’s has been described as a place whose customer base leans toward seniors who want to play slot machines in relative quiet without the din of a casino in the background. About 60 Dotty’s have sprouted up around Nevada.
Impetus for the fight against the establishments came largely from casinos, who charge Dotty’s acts like casinos or taverns without being required to follow laws governing those businesses. So last year, So Clark County enacted an ordinance saying Dotty’s, as a tavern, had to install bar-top slots, provide a working kitchen and offer a set amount of space for customers.
The new bill would have eliminated some of those provisions.